University of Virginia: School of Architecture

George Sampson

Education B.A. Amherst College; MFA Columbia University
Phone 924-7307
Office 204 Fayerweather Hall

Personal Statement

Mini-Bio Updated: October, 2010 George W. Sampson B.A., Amherst College, 1973 M.F.A., Arts Administration, Columbia University, 1985 Lecturer George Sampson has run arts organizations, presented arts events, curated art exhibitions and managed artists’ careers, since 1967. He has worked in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors as student and professional staff, and as a volunteer leader on various Boards and committees. From 1986 to 1994, he led or co-led professional companies in New Mexico in ballet & modern dance, symphonic & chamber music (as development director), and in jazz presenting. In the mid-‘80s in New York, he served as associate director of a Native American art gallery, as a stage hand for Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors Festival, for the Outward Visions artist management company, for Robert Wilson’s Byrd Hoffman Foundation, the Kool Jazz Festival, and others. Previously and beginning in 1967, he worked presenting concerts by dozens of top jazz, blues, folk and rock artists, in venues from Maine to Florida to California. Hired in 1994 by the University of Virginia to be Director of Development for the Arts, he served as catalyst for the Arts Grounds, a long-term project to construct, renovate or expand 9 buildings for the arts; and also managed UVA’s leading arts volunteers, the Council for the Arts. By 2005, approximately $45 million for the arts had been raised from private sources and another $14 million secured from public funds resulting in the successful completion (by fall, 2008) of 3 building projects: the renovation of Fayerweather Hall, construction of Ruffin Hall for studio art and the build-out of the School of Architecture. In 2005, Mr. Sampson was asked to launch a teaching initiative in Arts Administration. These courses have resulted in the publication (’09) of a multi-media business case on branding and stewardship of intellectual property by the Darden School of Business; in a forthcoming CD by jazz artists Billy Bang and Bill Cole; in a precedent-setting Artist-in-Residence/Community Engagement program conducted by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company which will result in a PBS “American Masters” broadcast in the ’11-’12 season; in 2000 internship & employment placements; and in 9 graduate school admissions. In 2010, Mr. Sampson and Arts Administration moved to UVA’s School of Architecture where he continues to teach an introductory lecture course, Principles and Practices of Arts Administration and a spring semester survey course, The Arts in Context, in which the Context changes. For 2011, the focus will be on The Arts & Community. Seminars on Arts Marketing and Development are designed for more advanced Arts Administration students, and in Spring 2011, a pilot seminar will be offered in Design Thinking. (434) 924-7307